Notes from a BC learner

Today marks the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve taken my BC wheel out to play. The first time was memorably painful due to the stupid fact that I wanted to save my new shinguards and used my old half-cover guards with loose straps. I went back to fetch my new guards 20 minutes and multiple calf bruises later. I never learnt to mount the wheel in part because I didn’t (and still don’t) have a wrench to tighten the plates but mostly because I’ve terribly balance.

After 2 hours and a whole bucket of perspiration later, I actually learnt to skate-mount and move a little with a passable success rate (i.e. 51% or thereabouts). Correct me if I’m wrong but the trick, it seems, is to tilt the wheel away from your mount foot while keeping your pushing foot in line with the plate such that the wheel is almost under you when you push. I’ve also learnt some other useful facts that will no doubt serve me well and good in my future BC-ing career.

  • It’s a good idea to learn to BC in jeans because you’ll avoid nasty bruises from the tire rubbing the crock of your knee…

  • BC-ing in new tight jeans however, is a bad idea. I now have sexy blue thighs. Smurfs the world over rejoice.

  • I’m pretty convinced that BC-ers have cute pert behinds and well-toned legs from the balancing…

  • However, any notions of making it big as a porn star would be ruined by the black and blue from falling all over the place.

And of course, the most important lesson for today:

  • Your BC will always travel fastest and furthest when you’re not on it.